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One-year anniversary of Madison County tornado

By: Cheryl Glassford Email
By: Cheryl Glassford Email

The voices of two Madison County paramedics on Friday, May 8th, 2009, were among the many calls for help.

"9-1-1 be advised...We've got a possible tornado," they say on the 9-1-1 dispatch tapes, "we're going to need rescue.. We have a patient trapped in a pond.. A patient trapped under tree."

Two people were killed in the Kirksville community after an EF-3 tornado touched down around 5 p.m. that devastating afternoon.

"It was pretty scary," said Linda Parriman, who says she will never forget that day, as she sat in her mobile home and it began to shake.

"I got up looked outside and it was either a small tree of a big limb went flying by," said Parriman, "I ran back to the bathroom and got in the tub, and I started hearing the windows blow out."

Afterwards, when she made her way outside, she realized her home - along with many others - was destroyed.

"It was like another world," she said.

Parriman has since started over in another mobile home, and says she has moved on along with others in the community.

"Just a lot of people building and trying to put their lives back together," Parriman said.

Parriman still feel nervous every time a storm comes.

"I used to not be afraid of storms, now they kind of shake me up," she said.

She says there's only one thing that has gotten her and many of her neighbors through.

"You just got to put your faith in the Lord and know that's gonna get you through anything," she said.

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